Clayton State UniversityOffice of International Programs (OIP)
Call or email for advising appointment
2000 Clayton State Blvd.
Morrow, GA 30260-0285
Tel: (678) 466-5499
Fax: (678) 466-5469RyanPackard@clayton.edu
As an international student on an F1 or J1 visa, it’s very important throughout your stay in the United States to protect your status by complying with the terms of your F1 or J-1 visa. Also known as “maintaining good status”, this is the #1 priority of ISSO also.
Failure to do so can make you “unlawfully present in the U.S.”, which would have a negative impact on any future plans you may have in the U.S. In certain cases, violation of visa status can lead to deportation, and you could be barred from re-entering the U.S. for up to 10 years.
Your Student Exchange and Visitor Information System (SEVIS) record holds all data related to your immigration status in the U.S. Therefore, your SEVIS record should be updated to match changes in real life at all times.
Contact ISSO immediately to report:
Certain information about your presence in the U.S. is required by current U.S. federal law to be reported to USCIS, including your academic enrollment status. To verify you are maintaining proper enrollment, your course registration will be audited during the drop/add week each semester and again on the last day of each semester. If your are under-enrolled or have withdrawn from class without ISSO authorization, your form I-20 or DS-2019 will be terminated.
Visas are travel certificates issued by individual governments. Their requirements differ from country to country. Upon leaving the U.S, your F1 or J1 visa is not necessarily valid to enter another country. You should contact the embassy of the country you will be visiting well in advance to inquire about visa procedures, fees and other requirements at your destination.